Well, I didn’t think I’d be writing an article on Scotland for my blog, but I was so impressed with my first visit to Glasgow it would have been rude not to. I would most definitely put Glasgow on my top list of place to visit in the UK. There was a special reason as to why we were visiting Glasgow, and that was because it is where Paul bought my engagement ring from, Laings jewellers. They are one of the oldest diamond jewellers in the UK and have a history and cataloge of selling high end brands and a flawless diamond collection.
Much to most people’s surprise I’m not a big jewellery wearer. I wear earring studs and the odd bit of costume jewellery and that’s it! I’ve never worn rings, necklaces or braclets, so Paul had no idea of my ring size, he went in totally blind. I was so impressed by the style shape and cut of my ring, in fact I wouldn’t have known were to start, but it was perfect! When Paul proposed at the Ice Hotel in Lapland, he slipped the ring on my finger and it was far too big. I was so nervous I was going to lose it, so I have had to wear it on my middle finger for the past four weeks. Apparently the only information he went into the jewellers with was the fact I was a size 8 dress size and petite…. bless him.
With us being so busy moving and renovating our new office on Deansgate, we were working flat out so we decided to take a mid-week break to Glasgow, get my ring resized, go for dinner and stay over in a 5-star hotel. We arrived at Blytheswood Square hotel in the corporate district of Glasgow after a three and a half hour first class train journey from Manchester. Paul flew to buy the ring, but I get anxiety on internal flights, too bumpy, so the train was a longer but more relaxing option.
The hotel was stunning, we were greeted by a footsman in top hat and tails and were taken to our executive suite with interconnecting bathroom. The hotel interior was very regal, traditional and infused with a contemporary twist. After checking in it was straight to Laings to get my ring re-measured and sent for resizing, ready to be collected the next day.
Our stroll through Glasgow was an eye opener for me. I had envisaged a cold, windy, grey city, but much to my surprise it was sunny, mild and super clean. The streets were polished, and well kept, and the shops were close together and housed all my favourite outlets, Zara, Mango, Dwell and Jo Malone. We stumbled into Princess Square shopping district for a quick bite to eat at Darcy’s. I ordered a skinny burger (with no bun) and a virgin mango mojito – a perfect carb free, refreshing lunch.
We strolled through the centre into Jo Malone for some homes scents, I am obsessed with their candles, and couldn’t resist the handmade chocolate shop in Kimbles where Paul got a selection of truffles, chocolates and pralines and I opted for sugar free chocolate which was surprisingly yummy!
We headed back to the hotel to unload our shopping bags, and hit the spa. The spa was uber cool, totally relaxing and exactly what we needed. The pool was warm, the rooms were scented with aromatherapy and the hot stones beds were the perfect end to a perfect afternoon.
I had made dinner reservations at Blackhouse’s Grill on the Corner, which is part of the Living Venture Group of bars and restaurants, just a stones throw away from our hotel. We had a drink in the mezzanine bar and caught a cab to the restaurant. I was wearing my four-and-a-half-inch stiletto Jimmy Choo shoes so I wasn’t walking anywhere! We arrived at the restaurant to a warm welcome, a large booth table (for 2!) a bottle of champagne and friendly congratulations from all the wait staff. A lovely thank you gift from the MD Paul Moran who I have worked with through my PR agency and who gladly booked our table…a wonderful surprise.
After stuffing our little faces with salt and pepper squid starters, rump steak, surf ‘n’ turf and sticky toffee pudding, enjoying our lovely glasses of champagne we headed back to the hotel for a relatively early night. The next day it was time to pick up my ring and head back to Manchester, but not before another spa and swim. I was feeling refreshed, re-energised and really to come home and see our baby boy with my new rock.